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Fast food workers rally for higher pay

Posted at 7:20 AM, Dec 04, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-29 07:20:52-05

Workers from fast food chains gathered in Buffalo and across the country as part of a nationwide effort to fight for higher wages.

Workers are demanding $15 an hour and union rights. Buffalo is joining 150 other cities across the country where fast food employees are taking a stand against low wages.

This comes two years after cooks and cashiers from fast food restaurants went on strike in New York City. But it's not only fast food workers that are fighting for better pay. Baggage handlers, skycap, wheelchair attendants and aircraft cleaners are joining fast food workers to fight for the wage increases.

Last week, workers from Walmart lead a nationwide strike leading up to Black Friday calling for more money and full-time work. Since the protests started in 2012, more than seven million people have gotten raise hikes because of new legislation and contract negotiations. Workers said they want everyone to get that increase and said they will continue to fight.

Locally, workers gathered at 10:30 a.m. to rally at Utica and Main Street in Buffalo.